It feels oddly scary to be sharing my Instagram secrets. I have this fear that if I equip everyone to do what I do, there won’t be enough success to go round, and it’ll all grind to a halt.
But I’m sharing anyway – partly because I just love chatting about this stuff, and also partly because deep down, I don’t really believe it’s as simple as that. You can do everything right, but without that spark – that creative something behind the images – no amount of kindling & optimisation will make an account catch fire.
So this isn’t for everyone – but I think it’s for you. You, who feels pretty sure they could do what they see others doing, if they could just get focussed. You who takes beautiful photos but struggles to get anyone to see. You who has a gorgeous creative mind, and needs an Instagram account that reflects that.
You, discerning reader of this excellent blog 😉
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After I finished my ebook I sent it out to a few friends for a proof-read & some feedback, before I let it loose on the world. The feedback made me smile.
“I’m learning a lot and finding it more interesting than I thought I would!”
“it’s so professional!”
“you must charge for this!!!”
Despite my lovely (mercenary) friends’ protestations, I’m not charging for it – my 7 day virtual course is totally free. To be fully transparent, I should confess that I am slightly testing the waters here for the possibility of running a paid-for courses from at some point in future. But you’re under no obligation at all! 😉
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7 days to a better Instagram
For the last few months I’ve been quietly trying to get all of my instagram-wisdom down onto paper. This turned out to be a surprisingly painful process – a lot like childbirth, only with a quicker recovery time. My thoughts did not emerge arranged in neat categories. I used a whole pack of Martha Stuart post its!
The 7 day Insta-retreat is made up of the things I most often tell people when they ask for my top tips. It’s a quick start guide to upping your instagame, with 7 awesome strategies to shake up your gallery & help you focus on what you really want to achieve. All you need is 30 minutes a day, preferably with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and some room to think.
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let’s start on Monday
You can start any time, and work through it at your own pace, but I thought it might be fun to have an official week where people can jump in together – I know how hard it is to actually make a start on something like this! With that in mind, I’m nominating next week, starting Monday 12th October.
To join in, just sign up for my emails to get your copy of the guide. I’ll post daily reminders on Instagram & Twitter, and you can tag your posts with #theinstaretreat to share your work with everyone, and get direct feedback from me & everyone else.
more to come
I’m hoping to offer some full-length courses and workshops by Christmas, and I hope you’ll stick around to hear more about it. I’m going to be spilling all my secrets, including the stuff I’ve never seen shared elsewhere. I’m pretty excited – and, of course, fairly terrified!
ps – If you have a minute, I’d love your answers to my little survey here to help me figure out what people want to know.
pps – already signed up but haven’t received it? Check your spam filter carefully – most people find it there! If it definitely isn’t, leave me a comment below and I’ll look into it! x
After my last instagram tips post, I looked back at my wider photo archives, and found a few sets I wanted to revisit somehow. So this is the first of a little series, I think. F was about 3 when [...]